Life at Musgrave

At Musgrave you’ll be supported and challenged to be the best you can possibly be – but don’t take our word for it, we’ll let our grads tell you all about it.

Register your interest

We open our application window in Autumn 2024 for our 2025 Programme. You can register your interest below and we’ll let you know when the application window opens.

Register your interest

Our values

The values we share at Musgrave inspire the work we share with everyone. As a family-run business, now in its sixth generation, we think for the long-term, and we are guided by our values. Our purpose Growing Good Business inspires us to grow not just a profitable business, but a sustainable one that benefits our people, communities and future generations.

A unique and inspiring place to work

Musgrave is a fast-moving business, entrepreneurial, driven by a strong ethical approach. You’ll find family runs deep in Musgrave. Not just because we are a sixth-generation Irish family business, but in the ways in which we nurture talent and the culture we create in our workplaces.

Our Opportunities

Musgrave Benefits

Financial Well-being

  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Occupational Pension
  • Employee discount in Musgrave MarketPlace

Personal Development

  • Individual coaching
  • Tailored development
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • GenRep Youth Board

Workplace Flexibility

  • Hybrid working*
  • Home office equipment
  • 23 days holidays
  • Free parking

Health and well-being

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Digital Doctor
  • Well-being initiatives
  • Sports & Social clubs

*Role dependent

Read our stories

Every grad experience is different, so we’d like to tell you a little bit more and give you an insight into what our grads actually get up to! In our Grad Stories blog you’ll find graduate videos, interviews and plenty of helpful blog posts sharing advice direct from our Graduate Programme Team.

Video blog – Musgrave is much more than just a job

Former graduate Max Darby quickly found a career path for himself during his Graduate Programme.

Video blog – Musgrave sets you up for a positive career in finance

Edward O’Flynn is currently on the Musgrave Finance Graduate Programme and shares his experience of it so far.

Video blog – My career in Finance

Former graduate Angel Olajide quickly found a career path for herself during her Graduate Programme.

A day in the life of an Assistant Trading Manager

Sara Hickey, completed the Musgrave Buying (Trading) Graduate Programme and has since taken a full time role as Assistant Trading Manager. Here she shares her experience of the programme and what her current role is like.

A day in the life of a Supply Chain Analyst

Denise Harrington completed the Supply Chain grad programme with Musgrave and has since progressed to the role of Supply Chain Analyst. Here she shares what the role is like, and how the grad programme prepared her for it.

My Grad Story: Saumyajit Dutta

Saumyajit Dutta joined the Musgrave Graduate Programme after completing his Masters in Computer Science at UCC.

My Grad story: Mollie Lynch

Mollie Lynch, is a Supply Chain Operations Manager. She joined Musgrave after completing a Bachelor degree in Business Studies at DCU.

Video Blog – Taking on responsibility

Omnichannel graduate Kate McCarthy joined the Musgrave Graduate programme in 2017, having achieved a Bachelors in Business Information Studies from Cork Institute of Technology.

Video blog – creating a career path

Former graduate Shane O’Shea quickly found a career path for himself during his grad programme.

Building a career in innovation

Edel Russell joined the very first Musgrave Graduate Programme in 1994. She stayed with the business and here she talks about her current role of Innovation and Consumer Director.

Get inspired by our Grad of the Year

Earlier this year we were delighted when Musgrave grad Ross Kerrigan was given the title Graduate Employee of the Year at the gradireland Recruitment Awards 2018.

Applications: Part 3 #interviews #assessment

Find out about the assessment centre aspect of our selection process, and get some tips on how to get the most out of them.

Applications: Part 2 #videointerviews

Video interviews are a great tool for both the recruiter and also for you as a candidate once you approach it with the right mindset.

Applications: Part 1 #onlineassessment

Musgrave, along with many other graduate employers, include online assessments as part of our graduate selection process.

Find your answer in our frequently asked questions.
What do I need to consider before I apply?

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– Make sure your CV is saved in PDF or Word format as other formats may not be supported on our recruitment system

– Are there specific academic criteria for your preferred role? If we are looking for specific qualifications, we will apply these criteria for shortlisting candidates. You may be considered for your second preference if you do not meet specific criteria for your preferred role.

I've submitted my application, what happens next?

We’ll email you within 24 hours of submitting your application inviting you to complete our online assessments. This email will come from so make sure you mark this email as safe. Depending on your email filters, it may be directed to your spam folder. Keep an eye on the inbox and spam of the email you used for your application. If you have not received this email within 48 hours, contact us on requesting this to be resent. This will be resent where applicable within the time-constraints of the application process.

I haven't received details of the online assessments after submitting my application.

This email will come from  so make sure you mark this email as safe. Depending on your email filters, it may be directed to your spam folder. Some spam folder settings will automatically delete all emails after 30 days. If you have not received this email within 48 hours of submitting your application, or believe that it may have been deleted from your spam folder, contact us on requesting this to be resent. This will be resent where applicable within the time-constraints of the application process.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

We’ll contact you as soon as possible after each stage of the recruitment process. Correspondence up to the assessment centre stage is through email so please check your email regularly. Depending on your email filters sometimes our email may end up in your spam folder, check this out if you haven’t heard from us and ensure you have marked our email as safe.

How many graduates do you hire each year?

We’re a fast-moving business and our opportunities change from year to year to meet our business requirements. We typically hire between 10-20 graduates each year.

Can I reapply next year if I don’t get onto the programme this year?

Yes, you can apply the next year if unsuccessful in your application.

Do I need a specific degree to be considered for Musgrave?

Many of our opportunities are open to graduates from all degree backgrounds. Where we do look for a specific qualification, we’ll specify it in the role description so check out Our Opportunities page. If we are looking for specific qualifications, we will apply these criteria for shortlisting candidates.

How recently should I have graduated?

Our roles are aimed at grads who are looking for their first or second job. However, if you are interested in a career with Musgrave and have more experience you can apply directly for any of our current vacancies on

What is the minimum requirement to be eligible for the graduate programme?

Successful applicants must have graduated, or be on track to graduate, with an Honours Primary Degree (Level 8 NFQ). For roles where a specific degree or discipline is specified, we will apply these criteria for shortlisting candidates.

I need a work permit. Are you able to organise that for me?

It is a requirement that you are eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland. If you do not hold an appropriate work permit, regretfully we cannot take your application further. If you are successful in your application with us, we will support the required documentation for future permit application and provide financial support.

Why do I have two role choices on the application form?

We ask for your two preferred graduate roles to understand how you want to develop your career. We’ll consider your application based on your first preference as much possible. We may consider you for your second choice if we feel this would be more suited to your profile or if your academic qualifications do not meet criteria for specific role if required e.g. if you apply for an IT role and you do not hold a relevant IT/technical degree or masters.

Do I need to know what area I want to work in?

Our graduate roles are designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to progress to business roles in specific areas e.g. if you join our buying programme, you will work in buying teams for the two years of the programme to gain the experience needed to become a buyer for our leading retail and wholesale brands. We recommend you go through our Opportunities carefully and make an informed decision on which area appeals most to your career ambition.

What's the salary?

Starting salary for roles based in the Republic of Ireland is €31,000 gross per annum and increases after 12 months subject to performance. You are also eligible to a bonus on successful completion of the Programme.

What is the duration of the graduate programme?

The Programme runs for two years, apart from the finance which runs for three years. We hire on a fixed-term contract initially and will work with high performing graduates to provide you with suitable career moves in our business post-Programme.

Will I change locations during the programme?

Depending on your graduate role, you will work in at least two of our divisional headquarters throughout the programme. These may be located in Dublin, Cork or Belfast. Check out our Opportunities to see where the roles are based and whether the role has a geographical rotation. If such a rotation is required, it forms part of your contract.

The majority of our opportunities are hybrid with teams typically working 1-2 days in the office.

What's involved in the Musgrave development programme?

The Musgrave Graduate development programme is a bespoke development programme to support the professional and personal development of our graduates. It comprises in-person and virtual modules over 2 years focused on areas such as personal growth, strategy, financial acumen, project management. You will also receive individual coaching as part of the Graduate development Programme and will work on a business projects which you will present to our CEO and senior leaders.

Can I work remotely?

All Musgrave colleagues in office-based roles have the option to work in a hybrid role, with time spent in the office to collaborate and engage, and time working remotely. We calling this Work Smart @ Musgrave and details will be shared with successful applicants. Typically colleagues will spend 1-2 days in the office per week however it can vary by team.

Will I work with specific brands or across the whole business?

Depending on the role, you may work across several brands while on the Programme to give you wide exposure of our business. Details of the brands involved in each opportunity are included in the role descriptions on Our Opportunities

I want to study for a professional accountancy qualification, will you support this?

We support our Finance graduates in studying for the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) qualification via the CGMA Finance Leadership Program provided by CIMA. This is an online learning program, similar in scope and rigour to a master’s degree, that teaches the finance, business, people, and leadership skills needed to succeed in the finance team of the future. All learning, assessments and Case Study exam preparation takes place within the comprehensive FLP platform. Musgrave provides financial support and study leave for our Finance graduates to undertake this study pathway. We do not currently support other accountancy study pathways.

Where can I get more information?

Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook  for regular updates, you can also visit our corporate website to find out more about Musgrave

Are there opportunities to work abroad?

Currently all our graduate roles are based on the Island of Ireland.